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Wheeler: Growing sweet corn in the garden is easy

There are a lot of things that let me know that summertime is back; barbecues, spending time at the pool with the kids and the smell of gardenias. But the one tell-tale is seeing stalks of corn emerge from everyone's vegetable garden.

June 29, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Stopping squash vine borer

A summer vegetable garden is just not complete without summer squash growing in the mix of tomatoes, peppers, okra and cucumbers.

June 22, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Early watermelon crop hits markets

Mother Nature is always in control. Sometimes that is a bad thing, and other times it can be a great thing.

June 20, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Educate yourself before raising backyard poultry

The economic uncertainty of today has spurned an increased interest in home gardening and canning or freezing food. There also has been interest from people in producing their own eggs and poultry.

June 15, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Keep lace bug from attacking

We have been getting a few calls about azalea lace bugs feeding on azaleas and rhododendrons.

June 08, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Poultry farmers get help lowering power bills

The practices that can help us save energy in our homes - like sealing leaks, insulating and updating cooling systems and replacing light bulbs - are also being used to make Georgia's prolific poultry industry more efficient, one chicken house at a time.

June 06, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Controlling snakes around your house

Few animals can evoke such an emotional response as a snake found in the woods or around the house. People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time.

May 31, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Answering reader questions about the veggie garden

Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden?

May 25, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: US-India trade deal would boost poultry exports

There seems to always be something brewing with international trade. The United States and India have had a long-standing disagreement about India's policies on U.S. exports, especially agricultural products.

May 23, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato

Home-grown vegetables are a staple for many Southerners during the summer.

May 18, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: How to control moss and algae in your turf

Occasionally turfgrasses begin to thin out and moss and algae begin to form. These primitive plants develop because conditions for growing dense, healthy turf have declined.

May 11, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Agribiz: Gov. Deal, Ga. leaders plan trade summit in Turkey

Hopefully more trade negotiations and explorations will open significant doors for Georgia agriculture and other industries. This could only mean good things for our area with poultry being a No. 1 export from the area to the rest of the country and world.

May 09, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


Wheeler: Preventing blossom-end rot in tomatoes

I know it is a bit early in the season to be talking about tomato fruit diseases, but blossom-end rot is a disease that can be prevented with a little TLC.

May 04, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Wheeler: Whatever your needs, Extension Office is here to help

What do local farming, youth development, nutrition education and radon have in common? The answer is Hall County Cooperative Extension.

April 27, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


US-Columbia trade deal will boost agricultural exports

In the last Agbiz article, I talked about how the deepening of the port of Savannah would improve our ability to move products grown and made in the United States, specifically the poultry products produced in North Georgia.

April 25, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Business


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Articles By Author - Michael Wheeler


Keep your poinsettias looking great all season long

Poinsettias are a native to Mexico and can be seen growing in the wild of their native land. But thanks to the first U.S. ambassador, Joel Poinesett, the plant made its way to the United States when he sent some cuttings back home to South Carolina.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Keep your Christmas tree fresh

During this time of year, everyone is busy buying gifts for loved ones and friends, going to Christmas parties and enjoying the magic of the holiday season and its effect on children and grandchildren.

December 05, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Controlling squirrel population around your house

Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.

November 21, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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